Smithsonite Var. Cuprian
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 cm
79 Mine (79th Mine; Seventy-Nine Mine; Seventy-Nine property; McHur prospect), Chilito, Hayden area, Banner District, Dripping Spring Mts, Gila Co., Arizona, USA

Surprisingly, this classic from old finds of the early-1990s turned up in a collection in Europe at the Munich show! I cannot even find good ones here in the USA! This is INTENSELY colored, with the best saturation and luster you can ask for from these sparse, rare finds (the best colors came in the big find by George Godas and George Stevens in the early 1990s, so far as I recall). I have not seen this color in smithsonite, except rarely. It is saturated beyond any green that Tsumeb ever produced. Joe Budd photos.

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